By Craig Smith
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[*Warning* Playing Frotz involves reading, thinking, and typing. If you just want to blow stuff up, this is not the app for you!]
Burned out on all the new-fangled graphics and dazzling eye candy on your shiny new iPhone or iPad? Nostalgic for a simpler time? Then take advantage of those crisp high-resolution fonts to relive the glory days of the Great Underground Empire, or play any of hundreds of great works from the Interactive Fiction archive.
Frotz lets you play free works of Interactive Fiction (a.k.a. text adventure games) on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.
Frotz plays titles written in the Z-Machine format. This format was invented by Infocom and was used to produce classic text adventures from the 80s such as the Zork Trilogy, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Trinity.
In the past decade, text adventures have experienced a renaissance due to the efforts of a diverse Internet community of talented interactive fiction writers and fans. Many of these games are written using the same engine that powered Infocom's titles, thanks to the Inform compiler and authoring system created by Graham Nelson.
NOTE! If you have suggestions for improving Frotz or encounter bugs, please go to the support link and report them. I have no way to respond if you only report bugs in reviews!
Frotz for iOS - Interactive Fiction at Your Fingertips
What's New in Version 1.6
PLEASE DO NOT UPDATE IF ON A 1st GEN DEVICE WITH IOS 3.x! FROTZ 1.6 WILL NOT WORK CORRECTLY ON IOS 3.
- Support for iPhone 5, iOS 6, and Retina Displays.
- Hyperlinks: now supports hyperlinks in glulx games.
- Dropbox: updated to latest Dropbox API.
- Lots of other minor bug fixes.
This app is beautiful. Being a seasoned adventurer I had no problems using this. The ability to transfer games via wifi puts the icing on the cake. The author of this amazing app has thought of everything. I successfully transferred game files from my pc, some of which I had written myself using Inform7. Very much appreciated. Hats off to the programmer. It's perfect!!
Thanks very much. I'm off to The Great Underground Empire.
This is a fantastic app for the iPad. What a great idea. I just wish I'd thought of it first!
- Category: Games
- Updated: 23 October 2012
- Version: 1.6
- Size: 117 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Craig Smith
- © 2008-2012 Craig Smith
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.